New Day, New Page…

#sunrise in Newcastle

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I was, going to write a simple post on how I’d finally managed to select a suitable ‘Playbook’ to use for Ignition but, in the words of Carrie Bradshaw, ‘I got to thinking’ …about the symbolism of a blank page when approaching the subject of career change, then this famous quote popped into my head:

‘At any given moment you have the power to say:

This is NOT how the story is

going to end…’

Blank canvas! #ignition #playbook #SWLP

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I’m very grateful that I possess a deep, eternal optimism which enables me to truly believe and subscribe to the ‘Screw Work Let’s Play’ philosophy. Some may say I have the odds stacked against me:

  • I don’t have a degree and my highest level of qualification is an HEFC Diploma (3 A Levels).
  • I’m over 30.
  • I have a chequered career history with lots of changes in direction, compounded by an 18 month gap whilst undergoing surgery and recovering from an accident.
  • I can’t sing or dance…

Luckily, I don’t agree and refuse to accept an average work-life or any kind of life for that matter. When I consider my options I still see a blank canvas. My only problem, at this stage, is I can’t quite visualise the finished picture.

That’s where my new Playbook comes in. One of the first steps, John William’s recommends, in Ignition and the original book is to get a Playbook: to record all of your thoughts and ideas as you work through the programme. Intended to bring you closer to doing what you love by capturing everything that pops into your head from notes on things you enjoy doing, right through to that multi-million pound idea which comes to you in the middle of the weekly supermarket shop!

So, here it is.

#ignition #playbook #SWLP

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I must admit, I experienced some difficulty in choosing my Playbook as John suggests buying a book you really love and enjoy writing in. I like this book but I don’t love it. However, in the name of progress (I have been searching for a book since I first read Screw Work Let’s Play, over 6 months ago!), I have acknowledged this about myself and put it down to the ‘seeker‘ archetype being dominant in my personality – believing there is always something more or something better out there – and I’ve compromised on a book which I am growing to love 🙂 …and herein starts the next chapter!

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M.I.A

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So, I have been missing in action for a little while…

I made, probably, one of the biggest mistakes in blogging and let my busy life get in the way of maintaining and updating my blog. However, as I’m still in the very early days of my blog, I doubt anybody really noticed I was gone. Did you notice?

Anyway, I’m back to start the New Year with renewed vigour and fresh motivation to really see this ‘Screw Work Let’s Play’ thing through to fruition!

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A couple of weeks ago, after much deliberation, I signed up to Ignition, the multimedia career development programme, a follow-up to John William’s original book Screw Work Let’s Play. So, I will continue to tell the story of my career, via this blog, in conjunction with working through the Ignition programme: giving my feedback and real time review of this promising new programme. My decision to purchase Ignition was no doubt helped along by my alphabetti spaghetti picture being featured in it but, considering I was so inspired by the original book; I have high hopes for this follow-up career development tool! 😉

I have mentally decided that my return to blogging is going to involve more activity with shorter more regular blog updates, which will hopefully provide a greater insight into how my journey towards a more fulfilling career is progressing. I have been guilty of wanting to make each and every post a finely crafted piece of literature which makes keeping it fresh and up to date almost impossible: It’s not often I have the time to sit down and produce such an in-depth post. There will be times when I want to talk about a subject in detail and in turn when a subject deserves a more in-depth post but, I will also intersperse these longer posts with shorter insights and updates, as and when they happen.

Although I have been away from the blogosphere, my journey has been continuing and the ‘being away’ itself has been a very interesting learning experience, all of which I think has been a necessary step in moving towards more fulfilling work. For a short period, although I was supposed to be contracting and keeping my life as ‘free’ as possible, I fell into a couple of traps, which I will talk more about later, namely in no particular order:

– the ‘job trap’

– the ‘money trap’

and,

– the ‘lack of confidence in your ability and what you should be charging trap’!

Not to mention,

– the ‘taking my eye off all my other balls trap’!

We live and learn.